Act on Acceptance for Open Access and the next REF

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HEFCE’s OA policy takes effect on 1 April 2016, and requires action by all researchers.

In order to be eligible for the next REF, the final peer-reviewed version of journal articles and conference papers (with an ISSN) must be deposited in an open access repository within three months of acceptance for publication. HEFCE’s requirements are designed to ‘increase substantially the amount of scholarly material that is made available in an open-access form’.

‘Act on Acceptance’ is Oxford’s mechanism to help researchers comply with open access using our new quick deposit form. From now on researchers should use Symplectic Elements to deposit all newly-accepted articles and conference papers into ORA.

The Bodleian team will check copyright and licensing conditions, create an ORA record and make the full-text available after the embargo period.

For more information and to get started visit the Open Access Oxford website:  http://openaccess.ox.ac.uk. Help is available from Subject & Outreach Librarians and the email helpline openaccess@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

Recent Open Access developments

Wellcome Trust and COAF-funded authors:

From November 2015, there has been a change in the way APCs are paid for researchers funded by the Wellcome Trust and COAF. Previously, researchers were required to arrange payment of APCs themselves and reclaim it from funds administered by the Bodleian Libraries. As of now, researchers should not pay APCs but should forward the publisher’s APC or article-charges request form for each accepted paper to the Bodleian Libraries for payment instead along with the application form. The new procedure is intended to simplify the process of getting APCs paid for authors.
Payment requests should be emailed to apc@bodleian.ox.ac.uk, or sent in hard copy to Open Access APC forms, Acquisitions Services, Collections and Resource Description (C&RD), Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford OsneyOne Building, Osney Mead, Oxford, OX2 0EW.

Act on Acceptance:

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Oxford’s Act on Acceptance campaign is underway in response to HEFCE’s requirements that, in order to be eligible for the next REF, the final peer-reviewed version of journal articles and conference papers (with an ISSN) must be deposited in an open access repository within three months of acceptance for publication. Although HEFCE’s policy comes into force on 1st April 2016, researchers are strongly encouraged to start depositing accepted papers now.
The message, to all academics and researchers employed by the collegiate University, is:

  • deposit all your newly-accepted journal articles and conference papers into ORA
  • do it through Symplectic Elements
  • do it within 3 months of the date of acceptance
  • start now.

The Bodleian team will check copyright and licensing conditions, create an ORA record and make the full-text available after the embargo period.
Go to Act on Acceptance to find out more and Deposit your work.
If you have any questions please contact openaccess@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.